In March, Mandel “Disagreed” That Auto Rescue Saved Iconic Auto Industry, Promised To Present His Own Rescue Plan
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Just weeks after finally revealing his opposition to the auto rescue that helped to protect nearly 850,000 Ohio jobs by calling Sen. Sherrod Brown’s vote for the bold rescue package “un-American,” Josh Mandel is now admitting that he lied in March when he promised the Youngstown Vindicator that he was developing his own plan to re-rescue the auto industry.
The Vindicator reported in March 2012:
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said he is developing a plan to “rescue the auto industry.”
But based on the Vindicator‘s report today, it’s clear Mandel was lying when he promised his own rescue plan:
During that March 1 interview, Mandel said he was developing a plan to “rescue the auto industry.” On May 14, Mandel told this newspaper that he was still working on a plan to strengthen manufacturing and the auto industry was included. He said at the time that the plan should be ready by late August along with plans for energy and agriculture.
But [Mandel spokesman] Considine said Wednesday that Mandel’s auto-rescue plan is included in his jobs plan, given to a Vindicator reporter May 14, the same day the Republican said he’d have a plan by late August.
“What exactly was Josh Mandel going to introduce – blueprints for a time machine? Mandel’s opposition to the bold auto rescue package Sen. Sherrod Brown fought for is an insult to the 850,000 Ohioans whose jobs it helped to protect and that’s why he laughably promised to present his own plan to re-rescue the auto industry in the first place,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “The truth is this – Josh Mandel can’t be trusted to fight for Ohio jobs, and the fact that he thinks it was ‘un-American’ for Sherrod to lead the charge to protect 850,000 Ohio jobs related to the auto industry is absolute proof of that.”